James L. McClelland, PhD

Presentation:  How Experience Shapes Our Abilities
McClelland’s lecture will explore the changes we see in children’s thinking as they develop and the changes we see in people of all ages as they gain more and more experience in a cognitive domain. McClelland will also describe the principles underlying the computational models he and his collaborators have used to capture the development of expertise and will discuss what he and others have learned about strategies for acquiring skills and expertise more quickly.

Speaker Background:
McClelland is a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the field of psychology and cognitive science. He is best known for his work on parallel distributed processing, a framework for modeling human cognitive processes and their acquisition using artificial neural network models. McClelland’s work has been cited more than 50,000 times in the scholarly literature, according to Google Scholar.